Cincinnati (5-3, 3-1 American): The Bearcats had a bye and will host East Carolina (6-2) this coming Thursday.
Memphis (6-3, 4-1): The Tigers hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the Temple Owls (5-4), 16-13. Temple started out hot again, building a 10-0 lead after 15-minutes thanks to a 75-yard touchdown run. Even though the Owls held possession for 14 minutes longer than the Tigers, they only ran one more play than their opponent. As predicted, Memphis won the turnover battle 2-1, which proved to be the difference in the game as the yardage, third down efficiency and first downs gained were essentially equal. This win means the Tigers are going to a bowl game for the first time since 2008. One year after going 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the conference, Memphis has experienced a big turnaround. Through nine games, the Tigers have scored 306 points after scoring 234 after all of last season.
Southern Methodist (0-8, 0-4): The SMU Mustangs were down 28-13 at halftime before falling 38-28. They rank dead last (128th) in the FBS in both average points scored (7) and average points allowed (48) this season. The Mustangs allowed 501 total yards - 11.4 passing average and 4.6 rushing average while racking up 212 yards through the air and 252 yards on the ground.
SMU might have had a chance to win it had they not committed three turnovers- with one leading to a touchdown. One of the turnovers was on the last pass of the game and the other turnover was turned back over by Tulsa two plays later. The biggest problem was that Tulsa was able to score three touchdowns on plays that were 30 or more yards.